A marriage made in heaven?

Many tolling companies are broadening their field to include Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), as part of a bid to expand into traffic management. Many express lanes already combine the use of tolls and traffic management, and much of the equipment used in both disciplines is similar, such as cameras, roadside networks, and highway traffic systems. In the past, tolling revenue has been used to fund infrastructure projects, but in the current economic climate, it is more useful as a means of controlling congestion and reducing pollution. Toll revenues are currently being used to fund both infrastructure and mass transit, and combining the two disciplines will require some changes. It is necessary for suppliers to have thorough knowledge of both tolling and traffic management. ITS could be the next big growth market in technology, and collaborating with tolling agencies would bring in new talent. The convergence of tolling and ITS could bring improvements for real-time roadway information. Shared message signs and cameras could boost efficiency. Looking to the future of the industry, it is likely that an increase in combined tolling and ITS agencies will be seen. Public-private partnerships will be common, and increasing urbanization will emphasize multimodalism. Lowering costs of technology will increase the presence of ITS devices in cars.


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  • Accession Number: 01495020
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 19 2013 11:10PM